On September 15, Ronald Davis lost his life after being shot by Steven Mattson, a St. Paul, MN, police officer. Mr. Davis decided to use his vehicle to ram Ofc. Mattson’s squad car. After hitting the squad car, Davis ran towards Mattson with a knife and attempted to stab him.
Why the late Davis decided to attack Mattson will never be known, but why community activists took to the streets to demand justice for Ronald Davis is only too well-known to street cops. Davis was black and Mattson is white. That’s all community activists needed to know. They are woke, and now they need to awaken the community and demand justice. Mattson may be awakened in the days to come from nightmares as he relives the incident.
The St. Paul Police Department had stated that Davis had tried to stab the officer; the word went out from activists that Davis was not armed. Some said that they didn’t believe he was armed. A week went by and the decision was made to release the body-cam video of the attack to the public.
“So this is a reminder to the police that, yes, Ronald’s life mattered — but also to the community to keep them aware,” organizer Monique Cullars-Doty said. “Saying, okay, something here has happened. A man’s life was taken and it’s not okay.”
After the body-cam video was made public, the usual suspects began criticizing Mattson for not attempting to deescalate the situation before shooting Davis.
I have inserted the body-cam video into the essay that includes the audio. The language and images are graphic, and they are disturbing. Mattson was fighting for his life and deleting the audio sanitizes the incident, it turns the incident into an academic exercise. From start to finish, the incident only takes minutes. The second-guessing and the criticism goes on forever.